Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...

Grand Canyon train is a trip through history

Jul 5, 2014

Grand Canyon train is a trip through history

by John Marshall

The drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is easy enough. Get to Flagstaff and it’s only about 145 km across Arizona’s high country. But why take a car when you can ride a train, especially one like the Grand Canyon Railway? Traveling down ...

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

| Jun 28, 2014

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

by Kit Nagamura

With its lotus-laden Shinobazu pond, park grounds, and national museums, the Ueno area in Tokyo draws millions of visitors a year. Nearby Higashi-Ueno (Eastern Ueno), however, seems to be another world altogether. When I exit Shin-Okachimachi station, under skies portending summer heat, this low-lying ...

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

Jun 28, 2014

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

by Christopher Sullivan

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack ...

Britain in style; new kit for Liverpool; Singapore Special

| Jun 24, 2014

Britain in style; new kit for Liverpool; Singapore Special

Britain in style British Airways is collaborating with VisitBritain, Britain’s national tourism agency, to provide special fares for the World Traveller Plus premium economy class this summer on flights between select U.K. cities and Haneda or Narita airports in Tokyo. World Traveller Plus offers ...

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

Jun 21, 2014

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

by Hillel Wright

Kokusai Dori is the name of a 2 km stretch of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants which cuts through the heart of downtown Naha, the largest city in Okinawa. The street’s name in English is International Road, supposedly named after the Ernie Pyle’s now-closed ...

Missouri museum highlights century-old war

Jun 21, 2014

Missouri museum highlights century-old war

by Maria Sudekum

The site of the National World War I Museum has weathered a whiplash arc from prominence to decline and back to distinction. With the centenary of the start of World War I being marked this summer, the museum is working to highlight the story ...

World War I began in a city of variety: Sarajevo

Jun 14, 2014

World War I began in a city of variety: Sarajevo

by Aida Cerkez

If you find yourself on Ferhadija Street behind the old synagogue at noon, close your eyes and listen to the bells from the Catholic cathedral and the Serb-Orthodox church mixing with the Muslim call for prayer. They call this the sound of Sarajevo. And ...